Downtown Lafayette Christmas: A Merry & Bright Holiday Series
Merry & Bright Christmas
What began in 2019 as an effort to spark holiday joy, continues as Downtown Lafayette Unlimited produces the 4th annual Merry & Bright Holiday Series bringing family-friendly holiday events to the heart of our city!
Christmas Tree Extravaganza
Downtown’s Christmas Tree Extravaganza will begin on Tuesday, November 21 with a Christmas Tree Decorating Party for Extravaganza participants. The Christmas Tree Extravaganza is a Christmas tree decorating competition open to businesses, organizations, nonprofits and families to display in Parc International throughout the holiday season. Visitors of the Parc can meander throughout the grove of decorated trees and vote for their favorite tree online beginning Monday, November 27, with winners of the competition announced on Friday, December 15. The winning team will receive a $500 donation to the nonprofit or charity of their choice.
IMPORTANT DATES (2023)
- Thursday, November 16: Deadline to submit completed official entry form and entry fee (5:00pm)
- Tuesday, November 21: Tree Decorating Party (Parc International, 4:00pm-6:00pm)
- Sunday, November 26: Deadline to decorate trees
- Monday, November 27 – Thursday, December 14: LIVE online voting
- Friday, December 15: Winners announced
- Tuesday, January 1: Last day trees will be displayed
- Thursday, January 4: Deadline to pick up Christmas tree decorations (5:00pm)
Interested in participating in this year’s Christmas Tree Extravaganza? Click on the button below to register your business, organization, or family.
Calendar of Events
We are thrilled to once again partner with Basin Arts to bring Downtown Lafayette a Window Wonderland experience. Windows belonging to downtown businesses will be turned over to local artists who will who will create stunning visual displays catered to this years theme, Nature’s Noel. The public will get a chance to vote online for their favorite holiday display beginning on Friday, December 1st.
Are you a downtown business interested in participating in Window Wonderland?
Merry & Bright Holiday Series Sponsors
Tis the Season of Giving – Thank you for the tremendous generosity of our sponsors. Without you, Merry & Bright wouldn’t be possible!
2023 Merry & Bright Downtown Christmas Official Events
Christmas Tree Extravaganza
December 1 – 31 | Parc International
Downtown Window Wonderland
December 1 – 31 | Jefferson Street + various locations Downtown
Lighting of the Tree Concert ft Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Friday, December 1 | Parc International | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Sonic Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 3 | Jefferson Street | 1:00 PM
Christmas Carnival / Sonic Christmas Parade After-Party
Sunday, December 3 | Parc International | 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Holiday Art Market (in partnership with Cocodrie by Colette)
Saturday, December 9 | 400 Block of Jefferson St | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Movies in the Parc: Christmas Edition ft Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Saturday, December 9 | Parc International | 4:30 – 7:30 PM
All Merry & Bright events and other Christmas events and activities hosted in Downtown will be listed on the Downtown Lafayette online events calendar.